A Simple Running Log

June 30, 2016

Training for 6/30/16

Filed under: Uncategorized — aschmid3 @ 1:33 pm

Well damn, the year is half over already as of midnight tonight. Crazy.

Yesterday, I went upstairs and did some strength training. I did the usual ab exercises, invisible chair-sitting and weights, but I skipped the push-ups because for some reason, my right hand felt strained when I got in position to do any. No idea what that was about. It hadn’t bothered me all day.

Last night, NBCSN aired the 2001 Pepsi 400, the first race at Daytona after Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s death at the end of the Daytona 500 earlier that year. I knew how it ended — Dale Jr. got an extremely popular win — but the majority of that field has retired in the last 15 years, and it was really cool seeing them race again. Bobby Labonte got a top five! So did Michael Waltrip (now a commentator), Elliott Sadler (now a full-time Xfinity Series driver) and Ward Burton (probably living off the grid in the backwoods of southern Virginia again.)

Even the commentators were giving me a heavy dose of nostalgia. Benny Parsons died in 2007 from lung cancer, and Bill Weber was fired by TNT in 2009 for undisclosed reasons and is now working as an “illusionist,” according to his Wikipedia page.

I’m pretty sure I would never turn off the TV if there was a channel that just showed NASCAR races from the early ’90s through 2003: The Davey Allison years through Bobby’s last win, and before Jimmie stupid Johnson started stinking up the place.

Of course, the channel couldn’t show any of Jeff Gordon’s wins. I don’t hate him anymore — in fact I think he’s really good as a driver-turned-commentator — but I still felt a knee-jerk twinge of “haha!” when 2001 Gordon, who would win the championship that year, got involved in one of the wrecks and was later black flagged by NASCAR for not being able to maintain minimum speed.

Anyway, this morning, I got up and did my run first thing again, before it got too warm out. I ran an easy lap around the 5.5-mile loop. The best part of my run was about three miles in, when I came across a guy out walking his pit bull. The dog’s name was Simba and he was very excited to see me and let me pet him!

This is usually Pepper’s reaction when I get home and he smells another dog on me:


But he didn’t seem to notice today. Clark had left for work since I’d left for my run, which meant Pepper had to spend a few minutes alone, so he was just happy that nightmare was over.

I took Pepper back to his vet this morning. He’s still maintaining his weight, and he left a urine and blood sample so the vet can check those again, to see if his kidney function has changed since the last time it was tested.

Pepper also got a cortisone shot, because he’s been scratching and biting at his hind end for the last several days, as though something was biting him. The vet didn’t find any fleas or flea eggs, so he wasn’t sure what was bothering Pepper. I think he somehow stuck his butt in an ant colony last week haha. Seriously. He came in from the back yard once, and he had a couple of ants near his tail. I swept them away, but he’s been scratching and gnawing on himself ever since. Hopefully that shot did the trick, because I’m tired of listening to him chew on his butt.

I took him to PetSmart and got his nails ground down, and bought him a new retractable leash since he chewed through his old one, and then we came home.

Since today is the last day of the month, it’s time for my monthly summary.


  • Week 1 (June 1-4): 17.6 miles
  • Week 2 (June 5-11): 32
  • Week 3 (June 12-18): 26.1
  • Week 4 (June 19-25): 34.6
  • Week 5 (June 26-30): 23.5

Total: 133.8 miles

Not terrible. About the same as the last couple of months. Philly marathon training starts in the second half of July, so those totals will start to pick up soon.

As far as racing goes, I ran three 5Ks this month, two of which were faster than my best 5K last summer. So that’s good. I’ve got three more 5Ks lined up for July, and I might go to Rosaryville for the 25K there again.

I also did some good cross training, riding Kara’s bike and swimming.


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